Artwork packs are a convenient and profitable way to get started in the industry. As you learn the software, you can grow your design inventory by creating your own using TRW Artwork Packs. In this example, we use Kid’s Live Templates and Clipart Mega Pack Vol. 1 and combine it with TRW Design Wizard to create a custom growth chart. This is a great option for ready-to-buy inventory or custom designs for customers to choose their animals and vinyl color to fit décor. If you’re not sure what to charge for a product this size, input the information into the Advance Pricing Calculator and you’re good to go.
- The first step in creating a custom growth chart is choosing the vector clipart you want to use in the chart.Browse through the “Clipart” section in the Artwork Packs, choose 5-6 animals to build upon, and import into CorelDRAW.
- After importing the Clipart vectors, open the Design Wizard and the “Live Template Editor”.
- Begin by stacking the Clipart animals on top of one another and change the color for each one.
- Begin at the bottom animal and move it in front of the animal on top. Repeat this process all the way up the growth chart. Once you finish, open the Live Template editor and select the monkey.
- After selecting the monkey, use the “Magic Boundary” tool to remove any part of the design behind the monkey. Cool Tip: The “Magic Boundary” tool eliminates the steps of creating a contour or island and subtracting it from the vectors behind the monkey. We added this feature in TRW Design Wizard 4.17. Repeat this step all the way up the growth chart.
- Once we have the animal section completed, we can now construct the growth chart. This part can easily be made in CorelDRAW. Start by draw a drawing a rectangle, then size it to the height of the growth chart. For this example, we did a four-foot -tall chart, so we will make the height of the rectangle 48’’ Tall X 2’’ Wide.
- We can now use the “Split” feature on the Design Wizard to evenly split the bar into four 1-foot sections. Simply select the bar and right click the “Split” button. Once it splits in half, you will then select each split section and right click the “Split” button again. Tip: If you want to add the ½ foot mark, use “Split” button on each foot section.
- Once you split the chart into equal sections, create small rectangles and place them in the middle of each section. Use a smaller rectangle if you want to add ½ foot marks too. Once you add the marks, weld the entire chart together.
- Now add the height numbers to the side of the chart and lineup the chart next to your animals.
- Before sending to the cutter, we recommend breaking the Growth Chart into smaller pieces so you are not cutting 4 feet at once. You will use the same “Split” tool to separate the bar into smaller pieces. Rearrange the pieces so you minimize your cutting.
To see the entire process, view the video below.